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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

You could try contacting the editor in chief of the journal to see if they could get the problem fixed. This worked for me when I had similar problems with a paper last year.
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

Most publishers I know explicitly permit (pre)publication of papers as part of a thesis. For example the copyright policy of Elsevier (the publisher you used as a tag) states: Authors can use their ...
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Why does or did Elsevier make PDFs grey and therefore unfit for printing?

This often happens when a document uses the CMYK color space and the black is set as (0,0,0,100). When you go print in a monochrome environment, the document's color information is converted to ...
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I believe a publisher is infringing copyright when reproducing a figure I created. What can I do?

You attempted to use a crayon license, that is, modify the terms of an existing well-established license to better suit your needs. This is frowned upon, because it can cause legal complications. In ...
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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

Based on your comments, the typesetting problems are not just about ugly formatting, but they actually change the meaning of the article (and significantly increase the chance that people will misread ...
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Can a company employee become an associate editor of a scientific journal?

I am a researcher at a company and also an associate editor at two journals. If a company supports research in any meaningful way, it will generally recognize the value of professional service (...
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Why does or did Elsevier make PDFs grey and therefore unfit for printing?

guifa is correct in their analysis of why this happens, but I would like to note that there is often an easy fix available once you know what is going on and so long as the PDF is saved as text rather ...
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Manuscript rejected for no reason after revision. Elsevier

It sounds to me like 1) your original manuscript was rejected, 2) you tried to resubmit anyways, and 3) the journal rejected your resubmission without further consideration. The result (3) sounds ...
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I lost my university email account. How can I help the readers of my publications reach me?

There are some possibilities. Among them is to ask the university if it is possible to forward emails to another account. Many will do this. Another is to create a web page in which you put sufficient ...
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Why did I only receive reviews from reviewers 3 and 4?

Most likely they did not respond to the reviewer invitation, or accepted it but did not submit a review in time. The system still logs them as reviewers #1 and #2.
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Can a rejected manuscript be submitted to another Elsevier journal?

In general, when a paper is rejected, you can resubmit it to another journal as soon as you feel you are ready. There is no minimum waiting time, and it doesn't matter whether both journals have the ...
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Can a company employee become an associate editor of a scientific journal?

Yes There's nothing fundamentally against a non-university professor becoming an editor of a scientific journal. Such editors need to be experts in their field, and there are plenty of experts that ...
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

Find a better journal. A large portion of papers published in journals were previously published in dissertations. A competent editor would have checked to see if the similar document was your ...
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Which form of English (US or UK) should be used for Elsevier journal publication?

Check the journal's guidelines. Different Elsevier journals have different preferences. Some are happy with either American or British English, as long as you are consistent.
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I believe a publisher is infringing copyright when reproducing a figure I created. What can I do?

If you think Elsevier is infringing your copyright, then you are infringing on others (1, 2, 3, 4) That chart is very standard. The information itself is uncopyrightable. The only thing that stands ...
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Is it common practice to accept an applied mathematics manuscript based on only one positive report?

It is normal to solicit more than one review of a paper. Its perfectly normal for the editor to decide to publish if only one of the two reviews is positive, and the editor feels the positive reviewer ...
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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

Independently from whether you can get Elsevier to fix the problems that they introduced, my recommendation would be to take your own version of the paper (the one that you produced yourself, without ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in Elsevier?

How to add another Creative Commons license to an arXiv paper: We currently support three of the Creative Commons licenses. If you wish to use a different CC license, then select arXiv's non-...
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Does journal access significantly influence choice in which journal to publish in?

I've asked many professors why they submit to journal X instead of journal Y. Reasons given include: Geographic location (e.g. British astronomers are more likely to submit to Monthly Notices of the ...
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Paper status changed to “Decision in Process” rapidly after initial submission

If there is a decision before it was sent to reviewers, it usually means a desk-rejection. This is not necessarily a bad outcome! It means you won't waste time on a review process that is not likely ...
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Are all Elsevier journals legitimate

They're generally legitimate. The negative reviews and boycotts aren't about the quality of the journal, but are because of Elsevier's alleged high prices (see The Cost of Knowledge). Elsevier ...
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What does "not available" mean in Google Scholar for Public Access, why is it an issue, and how to resolve it?

What Google Scholar is tracking here is whether all articles that are required by funders to be open access actually are. So the "problem" you see here is that you (apparently) published an ...
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No response from Journal even after 3 Months of submission

This situation is indeed not normal, and it sounds like you've hit your tolerance limit with this particular journal. You've done your best to communicate, and now your paper has been withdrawn even ...
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Which form of English (US or UK) should be used for Elsevier journal publication?

This type of information can usually be found in the instructions for authors. The Gait & Posture instructions say: Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted,...
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How to request retraction of a published paper when contacting the editors and publishers doesn't work?

If you have tried the journal/publisher's complaint process without success, and you believe that the journal editors are not handling the matter according to commonly accepted publication ethics ...
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I lost my university email account. How can I help the readers of my publications reach me?

I suggest that you use the ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) website not least because of it's well-established status as a site (and identifier) that links a researcher's activities across ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in Elsevier?

The top option, allowing only the arXiv to distribute what has been submitted to them, is more restrictive than any of the Creative Commons licences, as they are designed to allow others to use the ...
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What happens if I don't pay the article processing charge after my paper was accepted by a gold open access journal?

Can anybody recommend me what to do? Apologize and retract the paper. What happens if I don't pay the fee? Your paper will not be published by this journal. Will it affect my chances of future ...
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